The tour has a symbolic start, as we start in front of Harpa, the picturesque music and conference hall in Reykjavik's harbour. The walk then makes its way along the harbour front, passing Björk’s old apartment and The Sugarcubes’ old rehearsal space. Walkers are fed anecdotes about the biggest names in Icelandic music, from Of Monsters and Men to Björk and Sigur Rós, during the walk and questions are happily accepted. There are ten strategic stopping points along the way where the history of Icelandic popular music is weaved chronologically into the walk. In the walk itself, guests pass historical venues that are now closed, arty neighbourhoods which were the base for some of Iceland's more famous underground bands and new venues/art spaces that are shaping the music scene today. Iceland’s music community is like a "village" and it's not uncommon to bump into active musicians, which the host more often than not knows professionally due to his journalistic experience. The tour ends in 12 Tónar, Iceland's most famous record store, where guests can stock up on all the music they've learned about.
I'm a music journalist and music scholar in Iceland with 25 years of experience . Two years ago I started The Reykjavik Music Walk, a one hour walk around the city's centre which focuses on the landmark sites that have contributed to the music's remarkable success abroad. E.g. the downtown practice spaces of Bjork and The Sugarcubes, concert halls used by early career Sigur Ros and historically important artist’s hangouts. I'm a passionate music lover, experienced public speaker and I've enjoyed sharing my knowledge and insights into this famed music scene.
Harpa, concert hall Búllan (Practice space of The Sugarcubes) Björks old apartment Duushúsið (famous venue) Hallærisplanið (hangout for the original punks) Fríkirkjan (Sigur Ros played the church at the 2000 Iceland Airwaves festival) Þingholt (Arty neighbourhood, home of many famous Icelandic musicians) Mengi (A very important hub/meeting point for the music scene) 12 Tónar (Iceland’s most famous record store)